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ISBN: 0297815369
Author: Andrew HOFFMAM
Language: English
Publisher: W&N; 1st ed. edition (1997)
Pages: 608
Category: Arts & Literature
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.1
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Hoffman, Andrew Jay. Twain, Mark, 1835-1910, Authors, American - 19th century - Biography - History and criticism, Biography as a literary form, Autobiography. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Oliver Wendell Holmes Library.

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Inventing Mark Twain describes a childhood shadowed by Clemens's father's business failures and the deaths of. .

Inventing Mark Twain describes a childhood shadowed by Clemens's father's business failures and the deaths of that father and two siblings before young Samuel reached the age of 12. As an adult, the writer was dogged by financial and personal in failed ventures, the deaths of three children, and the loss of his beloved wife, Livy. Andrew Hoffman is to Mark Twain what Albert Goldman was to Lenny Bruce, John Lennon and Elvis Presley- which is to say a parasitical graverobber who projects his own weirdness onto his subject. There are way too many legitimate biographies of Clemens for this book to be taken seriously.

Andrew Hoffman's book was written with the intention, in part, to provoke and to sell many copies

Andrew Hoffman's book was written with the intention, in part, to provoke and to sell many copies.

Inventing mark twain. The Lives of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Thus he created the Mark Twain persona: a masterstroke of self-creation and self-promotion that Hoffman considers nothing less than the "inspired ad-hoc invention of fame. Thus, the Mississippi is the tragic scene of Clemens's father's doomed struggle to support his family.

In this latest biography of the writer Samuel Clemens, Inventing Mark Twain, Andrew Hoffman plumbs unique territory: the relationship between . This is a terrific book that helps us understand the energy behind Mark Twain's genius

In this latest biography of the writer Samuel Clemens, Inventing Mark Twain, Andrew Hoffman plumbs unique territory: the relationship between Clemens and his nom d.This is a terrific book that helps us understand the energy behind Mark Twain's genius. Hoffman shows a profound respect for his subject, but doesn't shy away from painting a full portrait of the man behind the icon. If you're looking for a glossy love letter to Twain, read something else. But if you really want to understand how a scrappy young kid grows up to be a world-renowned talent, this is a great place to start. One of the best biographies I've ever read!!

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Inventing Mark Twain by Andrew Hoffman at AbeBooks. uk - ISBN 10: 0297815369 - ISBN 13: 9780297815365 - W&N - 1997 - Hardcover. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.About the Author: Andrew Hoffman is a visiting scholar at Brown University. In view of all these tragedies, it's a wonder Clemens could write as Mark Twain, let alone assume that persona.

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Mark Twain is a fabulous person.
Whitescar
Mark Twain is an American treasure desparately in need of being rescued from the moth balls of high school English. In a new biography, INVENTING MARK TWAIN (William Morrow and Company, 1997; 572 pages), scholar Andrew Hoffman attempts to do just that, with somewhat mixed results.
The premise of Hoffman's biography is exciting: "Mark Twain," according to Hoffman, is not Samuel Clemens' alter-ego so much as he is his creation; a creation that, at times, becomes as much a monster as Victor Frankenstein's. Indeed, much of the tension in the book (as it must have been in Clemens' life) is derived from the battle between the maker and his famous but taxing "other self." In a sense, then, Clemens' life--as told by Hoffman--becomes a life-and-death struggle between the quiet homebody "Jekyll" and his boistrous, irreverent "Hyde." The best parts of the book deal with this struggle, including the recounting of Clemens' bankrupcy (and the necessity of reviving the "killed off" Mark Twain to deal with it).
Positive, too, are the appreciations Hoffman provides of Mark Twain's work, and the stories behind it (I was particularly tickled by the tales about how his books were sold by door-to-door solicitations), as well as the extensive research which includes publication of some of Clemens' private letters for the first time. For information value alone, the book is well worth the time.
A major problem with the work, however, is its lack of "dazzle." True, biographies generally aren't read for their literary value, but a subject such as Clemens almost requires a larger-than-life style, even when certain myths are debunked. This is not to say that Hoffman lacks talent; the narrative is arranged and told clearly, and the massive amount of research is woven in unobtrusively. Yet, a certain panache is missing; while the book is never dull, it lacks the fire it could have had if, say, a Mark Twain had written it.
However, this is compensated for by the book's detail, the previously unpublished material, and the author's affection for the subject. In all, then, INVENTING MARK TWAIN should be considered our generation's definitive biography of a literary legend.
Uriel
This book is captivating from cover to cover. I highly recomend it not only for the subject matter but also for serious students of social history of the 19th Century. The author really did his research.
terostr
This is a terrific book that helps us understand the energy behind Mark Twain's genius. Hoffman shows a profound respect for his subject, but doesn't shy away from painting a full portrait of the man behind the icon. If you're looking for a glossy love letter to Twain, read something else. But if you really want to understand how a scrappy young kid grows up to be a world-renowned talent, this is a great place to start.
Rrinel
Andrew Hoffman is to Mark Twain what Albert Goldman was to Lenny Bruce, John Lennon and Elvis Presley-- which is to say a parasitical graverobber who projects his own weirdness onto his subject.
There are way too many legitimate biographies of Clemens for this book to be taken seriously.

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